If you're looking to expand your knowledge of tea, a much-revered liquid that has elicited passionate feelings in everyone from Buddhist monks to Revolutionary War fighters, head to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse for this weekend's fifth annual Rocky Mountain Tea Festival. Brewing today and tomorrow, the festival features several classes at $10 a pop, including Tea Basics 101, Tea Leaf Reading and Red Tea: The South African Wonder Herb. "You can learn the difference between Oolong tea and green tea," says Jerry Manning, the teahouse's general manager. "People come from all over the country for this event."
A four-course dinner will be offered from 5 to 10 p.m. tonight for $35 per person; reservations are recommended. A Fairy Garden Children's Tea Party, $5 per child, will be held three times tomorrow, and reservations are required. Other events include a Japanese Tea Ceremony and a Tea Bazaar with free tea tastings.
Located at 1770 13th Street in Boulder, the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, which was transported from Tajikistan, is worth the drive just to have a glass of soothing tea. For a complete schedule, visit www.boulderdushanbeteahouse.com or call 303-442-4993. -- Julie Dunn